Creating Life As We Don’t Know It

Scientists are changing the rules for how DNA works

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Sep 12 · 15 min read
Illustration of several children’s building blocks strewn around; 2 are stacked on top of each other and spell “G” “U”.
Illustration of several children’s building blocks strewn around; 2 are stacked on top of each other and spell “G” “U”.
Illustration: Emiliano Ponzi

By Carl Zimmer

Originally published at Nautilus on October 24, 2013.

Back in the 1970s, you might open up a box of cereal one morning and out would fall a cardboard disk. It was a code wheel, which allowed preteen cryptographers to ply their trade. The wheel had two…

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